KTN's online platform helps you to make the connections you need

 

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from ICT to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.

 

The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

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Smart grants for research and development available to single companies

The Technology Strategy Board has available Smart grants for single businesses to carry out R&D that is not restricted by technology or theme.  Funding is available in three categories:

  • Proof of market: up to 9 months, maximum grant £25k, up to 60% funding
  • Proof of concept: up to 18 months, maximum grant £100,000, up to 60% funding
  • Prototype development: up to 2 years, maximum grant £250,000, up to 35 - 45% funding

Start-ups, micro, small or medium-sized companies may apply.  Proposals may be made at any time, and wil be assessed in batches, six times during the next twelve months.  For full information, please see here.

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Robert,

This is a flawed model, and is favours larger companies. Most of my micro business colleagues barely pay their way so finding 40% of the funding to do a proof of market or proof of concept, and spend a couple of weeks, and phone calls to the support group ( who are really helpful), the finally get rejected, gets a bit tedious after a while. Especially when you see the projects that did get the funding!
A one man micro business needs 100% funding for a really innovative idea...and here's another flaw.....they cannot distinguish between hype and real innovation.
I have a blog of projects which should not have been funded, some for product proposals which are already on the market, some for items which to an engineer like myself clearly will never work, some just nonsense like testing apples to see if they are good for us or a fabric wind turbine for the army.
They demonstrated that an old terraced house can be renovated and made energy efficient for £200,000 each when the houses are only worth £100,000 and new houses down the road cost about £150,000
Posted on 22/06/15 19:45.
Robert,

This is a flawed model, and is favours larger companies. Most of my micro business colleagues barely pay their way so finding 40% of the funding to do a proof of market or proof of concept, and spend a couple of weeks, and phone calls to the support group ( who are really helpful), the finally get rejected, gets a bit tedious after a while. Especially when you see the projects that did get the funding!
A one man micro business needs 100% funding for a really innovative idea...and here's another flaw.....they cannot distinguish between hype and real innovation.
I have a blog of projects which should not have been funded, some for product proposals which are already on the market, some for items which to an engineer like myself clearly will never work, some just nonsense like testing apples to see if they are good for us or a fabric wind turbine for the army.
They demonstrated that an old terraced house can be renovated and made energy efficient for £200,000 each when the houses are only worth £100,000 and new houses down the road cost about £150,000
Posted on 22/06/15 19:45.

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